Mount Washington Observatory
With wicked weather a daily reality, Mt. Washington Observatory is a perfect fit for Vasque's authentic footwear engineered and built to withstand harsh conditions, rugged wear, and the tests of time. Vasque supplies the mountaintop crew with its industry leading hiking boots in the summer months, and boots from the new insulated collection for the fall and winter months.
6,288-foot Mount Washington, New Hampshire is located at the convergence of three major storm tracks, meaning it is battered year-round by some of the most brutal conditions on the planet. Staffed continuously since the Observatory's founding in 1932, scientists venture outdoors every hour to manually observe and record the weather—even in hurricane-force winds, sub-zero temperatures, white-out snow storms and pelting, freezing rain.
Utilizing up to 400 grams of 3M™ Thinsulate™ Ultra Insulation, a premium insulator used in top quality outerwear, and UltraDry™, a Vasque proprietary waterproof membrane, the Vasque insulated collection is ready to keep feet warm and dry—even in the "Home of the World's Worst Weather," as Mount Washington is known.
Tri-Province Arctic Canoe Expedition
The Tri-Province Arctic Canoe Expedition is a group of six men from a wilderness camp in Minnesota who will spend the summer of 2013 paddling to the Arctic Ocean. Having learned the lessons of camaraderie, hard work and environmental stewardship as campers and staff on Camp Kooch-i-Ching trips in Ontario and Manitoba, their sights are now set on the Barren Lands of northern Canada. Although several groups have traveled to the Arctic Ocean by canoe, the Tri-Province Canoe Expedition will be one of the most ambitious to date. Their expedition will begin in Black Lake, Saskatchewan, and they will finish on the rarely traveled Armark River. In between the two points, they will pass through three Canadian provinces and travel nearly 900 miles, intending to document a remote northern wilderness setting and its wildlife to promote awareness of the Arctic's fragile ecosystem and the threats it has and will continue to face due to climate change. The Tri-Province team includes Kyle Terry, a research assistant from Eureka, CA; Ben Woods, a photojournalist from St. Louis, MO; Henry Cordeal, afterschool program staff from St. Louis, MO; Jess Hernandez, a professional adventure guide from Bryan, TX; Chris Martella, a ski lodge employee from Washington, DC; and Andrew Hubb, a graduate student from St. Louis, MO. More on the expedition can be found at 3provincecanoe.com
Team DART Adventure Racing Team was formed in 2002 in Seattle, Washington. Since then, they've competed in hundreds of races and have become one of the most successful teams in North America by winning premiere races from Canada to Mexico as well as leaving their mark on the world stage.
The team is committed to training and racing at an elite level and competing against the best teams in the world. They are also dedicated to fostering the growth of adventure racing and adventure sports in general. See their race schedule and learn more about their adventures at www.dartadventure.com.
American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacations
Vasque is a proud sponsor of American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacations. American Hiking Society represents tens of millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and who, like Vasque, believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environment is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations. As an American Hiking Society sponsor, Vasque continues their commitment to environmental stewardship, healthy lifestyles, and nature-based recreation. To learn more about AHS and the Volunteer Vacations program visit: www.americanhiking.org.
Erik Schlimmer - Adventurer, Founder of Journeyman Presentations
Erik is an award-winning educator and inspirational speaker whose curriculum and presentations center on unique adventures. An ardent explorer of America, Erik has mountain biked across the United States twice, camped nearly 1,000 nights, climbed 1,500 mountains, and is approaching his 10,000th mile of backpacking. He holds several mountaineering and long-distance hiking records, tackling routes first or fastest.
More on Erik’s adventures can be found here: erikschlimmer.com and oxzom.com/erik
New Zealand native Luigi Paroli and his brother Beni were the first Kiwi’s to thru-hike the 2,120 mile Appalachian Trail and soon after thru-hiked the 2,560 mile Pacific Crest Trail, which they filmed as a documentary for Television New Zealand. Always up for a new challenge, the brothers are at it again this winter and are hiking the entire 2,000 miles of the newly opened Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand to raise money for Special Olympics and Nature Track. Follow Luigi and Beni on their trek here.
Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC):
Vasque is proud to be a sponsor of the OIWC, a non-profit association of women organized for the purpose of equipping women to reach their professional success in the outdoor industries via educational programming, networking and mentoring. OIWC acts as a vehicle to promote the views and interests of women engaged in or impassioned by the outdoor, snow sports, action sports, and bicycling industries. OIWC invites all women to become members and to lead our industries to positive solutions in business, social and environmental issues. www.oiwc.org